Bideford Road, HRR

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Tonight was billed as a 30 km Handicapped Road Race starting at the Whangehu Hall, riding north towards Bideford turning and racing back towards the start. As a handicapped road race, bunches try to work together as a team to catch any riders in front of them and stay away from riders behind. Over this particular course, keeping your start bunch together always proves to be a challenge due to the lumpy nature of the terrain and tonight’s results reflect that. Some of the riders from Break 2 were successful in the aim of catching the bunch in front whilst remaining elusive from the chasing riders behind.

Congratulations tonight go primarily to junior members of the club. Firstly, to Finn Roberts riding the long course who out-sprinted one of best sprinters in the club to win the long course race. Congratulations also to Kate Speedy, who once again lived up to her name to win the short course in a sprint finish against Jono Didsbury. On the long course, Ben Knight was the fastest man and Lesley Mouat first and fastest woman.

Unfortunately, tonight’s results also reflect that there was a coming together of a couple of cyclists in Break on a fast downhill section of the course, which resulted in a nasty crash. All the remaining riders from this bunch and also those from scratch stopped to render assistance to the injured riders, and did not then complete the remainder of the course. All these riders have been given an adjusted time. No-one ever plans to crash but when this does happen every one of us feels very grateful for the rapid and professional assistance that is given by the ambulance and emergency department of our hospital. Crashes such as the one this evening, rattle the rest of us, and remind us that there is much more to life than winning a club race. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to our injured riders, and thanks to those who stopped to help.

As always thanks to our Race Manager, who had an especially busy evening, to all the marshals, and also to those who fed us afterwards. Next week is a handicapped race starting and Gladstone church, racing south before the return to finish up Admiral hill. Full, and adjusted results for tonight are below:

Shutenoriderstart timefinish timeride time
640Finn Roberts0:04:001:02:110:58:11Winner
712Ricky Blade0:04:001:02:130:58:13
872Rex Dowding0:04:001:02:130:58:13
976Peter Lee0:04:001:02:190:58:19
1060John Allen0:04:001:02:510:58:51
11100Steve Brown0:04:001:02:530:58:53
1243John Murray0:00:001:02:581:02:58
1381Jorge Sandoval0:00:001:02:581:02:58
1451David Hodder0:00:001:03:441:03:44
1529Ray Haste0:00:001:03:491:03:49
1632Greg Baillie0:00:001:05:011:05:01
17153Simon Mole0:09:001:05:420:56:42
185Lesley Mouat0:09:001:05:430:56:431st & fastest woman
1969Peter James0:09:001:05:570:56:57
2075Andy Curtis-Cody0:09:001:06:050:57:05
2121Anil Raman0:00:001:07:151:07:15
2216Julie Millar0:00:001:07:181:07:18
2345Donna Burkhart0:04:001:08:341:04:34
242Andi Bond0:04:001:08:361:04:36
2513Ben Knight0:17:001:08:490:51:49Fastest man
2670Simon Pumfrey0:17:001:08:490:51:49
2785Viv Bunny0:00:001:09:011:09:01
2859Mike Clinton-Baker0:00:001:09:021:09:02
2957Karen Blade0:00:001:09:021:09:02
3031Jenny Devenport0:00:001:09:091:09:09
3173Erik D’Arbois0:17:001:13:240:56:24
3261Darren Southon0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3310Belinda Fuller0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3444Craig Mangin0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
35117Simon Butler0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
3696Andrew Linton0:09:00DNFDNFwithdrawn
3736Devan Simmonds0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
38101Eddie Kuipers0:13:001:09:490:56:49Adjusted
39119Jeff Saywell0:17:00DNFDNFPunture
4089Emily Lutyens0:09:00DNFDNFWithdrawn
4190Mark Langlands/Peter Jones0:13:00DNFDNFCrash
4241Gareth Price0:13:00DNFDNFCrash
433Mark Jerling0:00:00DNFDNFPuncture
Short Course
Shutenoriderstart timefinish timeride time
10Kate Speedy0:18:000:41:310:23:31winner short course
2154Jono Didsbury0:18:000:41:320:23:321st Junior boy
326David Howden0:18:000:41:360:23:36
465Annabelle Smith0:18:000:43:110:25:11
562Lucy Stevens0:18:001:01:000:43:00

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